Obituaries for the week of Dec. 23

Veronica L. ‘Gidget’ Becker, Mary G. Pflieger, Dorthy S. Titzel, Gerald R. Adams, Emily K. Sears

Veronica L. ‘Gidget’ Becker
   HIGHTSTOWN — Veronica L. "Gidget" Becker, 49, of Hightstown died Tuesday at home.
   Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident of Hightstown.
   She was a graduate of the Burlington County Special Services High School and a member of the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church.
   She loved bowling and had won several Special Olympics medals.
   Daughter of the late Jerome L. Jr. and Rose V. Becker, sister of the late Larry Becker, sister-in-law of the late Buddy Nachtman; she is survived by one brother, Dennis M. Becker of Hightstown; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Patricia and Gerald Hullfish of Plainsboro, Barbara and Frank Ficarro of Hightstown, Jeri and Jay Stanford of Bordentown, and Teri Nachtman of Roosevelt; six aunts and uncles, John and Joan O’Rourke, Margaret O’Rourke, Mary Ruth Kelley, Elizabeth Emens and Claire Kutch; nieces and nephews Matthew and Susan Hullfish, Patrick Hullfish and Tessa Ashton, Andrea Ficarro and Jerome Cupples, Larry Ficarro, Alita Ficarro, Joshua and Tara Inskeep, Devin and Nadia Inskeep, Rebecca and Jay Swanson, Eric Nachtman and Jeanette Pavia, and Tiernan Nachtman; one great-niece, Bianca Ficarro; and one great- nephew, Brendan Swanson.
   Funeral services will be private.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Veronica’s memory to the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church Building Fund, 251 Franklin Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520 or to the Mercer County ARC, 180 Ewingville Road, Ewing, NJ 08638.
Mary G. Pflieger
   HIGHTSTOWN — Mary G. Pflieger, 41, died at home Dec. 15.
   Born in Trenton and formerly of Mercerville, she lived in Hightstown the past 10 years.
   She was formerly employed by SERV Inc. in West Trenton, and also by the Center for Innovative Family Achievement. She was an avid ceramics student at Jean Ceramics in Hamilton Square.
   She was the daughter of the late John and Grace Pflieger, sister of the late Douglas Pflieger and aunt of the late Christopher Hayman. She is survived by three sisters and one brother-in-law, Sharon and Gene Hayman of Ewing, Joan Pflieger of New York City, and Jill Pflieger and her companion, James Peach of Hamilton Square; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Shirley Pflieger of Bonita Springs, Fla.; three nieces, Megan Hayman, Jennifer Rihl and Kelly Linkowich; one nephew, Kevin Hayman; and several cousins.
   A funeral Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday at Incarnation Church in Ewing. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Center for Innovative Family Achievement, 520 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08618-5627.
Dorothy S. Titzel
   EAST WINDSOR — Dorothy S. Titzel, 87, of East Windsor died Dec. 14 at the Cranbury Care Center in Monroe.
   Born in Sharpsburg, Md., she lived in Cranbury for more than 40 years before moving to East Windsor a few years ago.
   Daughter of the late Daniel and Ethel Swain Shipley and wife of the late Robert W. Titzel, she is survived by one daughter, Carolynn T. Barlow of East Windsor; one grandson, Robert W. Barlow of Pottstown, Pa.; and one granddaughter, Becky B. Fitzsimmons of Cincinnati, Ohio; and four great grandchildren.
   Private funeral services and interment were held Wednesday at Brainerd Cemetery in Cranbury.
   Contributions may be made in her memory to East Windsor Rescue Squad District 1 or 2.
   Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton.
Gerald R. Adams
   TRENTON — Gerald R. Adams, 72, youngest son of the late Harold and Catherine Adams, died Dec. 14 at the Capital Health System Mercer Campus.
   Born in Trenton, he was educated in the Trenton public school system and did graduate work at Mercer County Community College (formerly, Trenton Junior College).
   He was a supervisor for more than 40 years at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, where he received many citations for his leadership and dependability. Since 1959, he was the general manager of Adam’s Auto Service Center in Trenton. He retired from the New Jersey National Guard as a staff sergeant after 25 years of service.
   He was a master mason of Alpha Lodge No.116 F&AM in East Orange and The Grand Lodge of the State of New Jersey F&AM, 32o mason of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Central New Jersey. He was the first black man in New Jersey to be officially voted into Shrinedom, Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of Burlington.
   Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by his wife, Dorothy Adams; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Andrea and Michael Tyler of Piscataway, Alvina and Steve Hallett of Yardley, Pa., Joan and Arthur Snow and Vicki Adams of Trenton; three stepdaughters and three stepsons-in-law, Karen and Charles Baylor of Trenton and Windy J. and Paul Larmonie of East Windsor, and Joanne and Rex Hendricks of Ewing; and two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Clifford and Virginia Adams of Ewing, Paul and Catherine Adams of Lawrenceville and Thelma Adams of Trenton.
   Funeral services and Masonic services were held Wednesday. Interment followed at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.
Emily K. Sears
   HAMILTON — Emily K. Sears, 77, died Dec. 16 at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis.
   Born in Brooklyn and raised on a farm in Hightstown, Ms. Sears was a lifelong area resident. She was educated in the New Jersey Public School System.
   She farmed and managed a 36-acre Hightstown property along with her mother for 23 years. Later, she became the owner and proprietor of the Green Gables Inn in Cranbury.
   She was a longstanding member of Holy Angels Parish in Trenton. During her youth, she sang three-part harmony in Polish and English in New Jersey theaters and on local television and radio stations with her sisters. She was an Army Hostess volunteer for the USO during World War II and a volunteer for many years at local area hospitals. She was an avid poet and artist.
   Predeceased by her parents, John and Veronica Ostazewski Kolnoski, her sister, Frances Malsbury and her husband, William Sears, she is survived by three daughters and three sons-in-law, Veronica and Dennis Diehl of Hamilton Township, Denise and John Huber of Hamilton Township and Cindy and Frank Andrews of Toms River; seven grandchildren, Olivia Diehl, Jessica and Johnny Huber Jr., Frank Andrews III, and Melissa, Dylan and Contessa Andrews; one sister, Helen Frazer of Oakland, Calif.; one brother, Alexander Ostazewski of Poland; one brother-in-law, Harold Malsbury; one sister-in-law, Joyce Malsbury of Summerland Key, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral was held Tuesday at the Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, Hamilton. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Angels Church, Trenton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.